Animal Research Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Animal Research Program (ARP) is to support and facilitate the ethical and safe conduct of animal-based biomedical and behavioral research throughout Northwell Health. Program administration and oversight ensures the proper treatment, care and well-being of animals used to further the development of knowledge necessary for the improvement of the health and well-being of humans as well as other animals.


The ARP is comprised of two cores:

  • Center for Comparative Physiology (CCP) – Core Animal Facility
    • Veterinary Services
    • Animal Research Services

Federal Wide Assurance

Our Animal Research Program is registered with the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Public Health Service (PHS) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

The animal research program is accredited by the Association of the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) which evaluates organizations that use animals in research, teaching or testing. Those that meet or exceed AAALAC standards are awarded accreditation indicating the research program not only meets the minimum standards required by law, but also goes the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use.

PHS Assurance: # A3168-01
USDA Registration: # 21R0107
NYS Registration: # A-060
AAALAC: # 000751

ARP Contacts

Leslie Lynn Diaz, DVM, MPH
Phone: (516) 562-1266

Michelle Aparicio, BS, CPIA
Director, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
Phone: (516) 562-1274

Theresa Faughnan, MS
Director, Operations, Center for Comparative Physiology (CCP)
Phone: (516) 562-0430

Chantini Pyatt, BA, RLAT, LVT
Manager, Training & Quality Assurance
Phone: (516) 562-0389

Franka Kerr
Project Coordinator
Phone: (516) 562-1234

Vet Services
Phone: (516) 562-1061
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm

Technical Support is available during normal business hours Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm at the standard hourly rate. After hours weekend and holidays technical support will be charged at the overtime rate.

Animal Research Services (ARS)
Phone: (516) 562-0397
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 6am – 2pm